Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
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Clippers, Grizzlies Swap Stephenson, Green
The Los Angeles Clippers have sent Lance Stephenson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jeff Green, according to Dan Woike of the OC Register.
The Grizzlies will also get a future first-round pick in the trade, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Clippers had been shopping Stephenson in advance of the deadline and nearly traded him to the Orlando Magic in a deal involving Channing Frye (and the Magic would’ve waived him). However, the Clippers backed out of talks with the Magic in order to discuss other trade possibilities. It seems this was the deal they were working on.